Former Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) and the Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad (R) speak to reporters after a meeting in Damascus last May. (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP)
A Syrian delegation, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Faisal Mekdad, landed in Iran on Sunday evening.
The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported that the delegation, which includes Bashar Jaafari, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, will meet with senior Iranian officials.
The visit will last for two days, and the parties will discuss strengthening the strategic relations that unite the two countries, according to al-Watan.
This is Mekdad’s second visit to Iran since he assumed his position in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and his first under the new Iranian administration headed by Ebrahim Raisi.
A few days ago, Syria received a large Iranian economic delegation headed by Seyyed Reza Fatemi Amin, Iranian Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade, where he met with senior Syrian officials.
Amin attended the inauguration ceremony of the Iranian trade center in Damascus on November 29.
These meetings come in light of what observers describe as a Russian-Iranian competition over financial and economic influence in Syria.
Remarks by the Syrian Observer: The United Arab Emirates’ top security official will also visit Iran on Monday. The UAE has accelerated its rapprochement with the Syrian regime in the last few months.
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